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Women from the Kichwa indigenous community in Ecuador protesting environmental policies.Dolores Ochoa/AP


“This suggests that it’s the land-management practices of many Indigenous communities that are keeping species numbers high,” says lead author Richard Schuster. “Going forward, collaborating with Indigenous land stewards will likely be essential in ensuring that species survive and thrive.”

This sentiment is echoed by co-author Nick Reo, himself a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario tribe of Chippewa Indians. Reo explains, “Indigenous-managed lands represent an important repository of biodiversity in three of the largest countries on Earth. In light of this, collaborating with Indigenous governments, communities and organisations can help to conserve biodiversity as well as support Indigenous rights to land, sustainable resource use and well-being.”

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